Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, has said that a declaration accusing and maligning the Oyo state governor; Engr. Seyi Makinde over the unwholesome security situation in the state do not represent the views and opinions of the monarch stating that the statement which was incorrectly attributed to the Olubadan-in-Council, was completely based on the personal sentiments of one of his High Chiefs, Lekan Balogun.
Oba Adetunji while disowning the controversial remark by the high chief, disclosed that neither he nor the Olubadan-in-Council made it.
He distanced himself from the so-called Ibadan obas conference, which allegedly blames Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for the state’s insecurity
The Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity to the Ibadan minarch; Mr Ademola Oloko in a Sallah message to the Ibadan people on Monday, revealed that the most recent meeting of Olubadan-in-Council was held last Thursday to set the agenda for the newly inaugurated executives of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII, led by new President-General, Prince Yemisi Adeaga.
According to the first-class monarch, the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, who was credited with the media story criticizing the Governor on security, did not attend the meeting he presided over at Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace.
“All those who attended the meeting under reference would agree that while so many issues were discussed, Seyi Makinde was never part of our agenda.
Oba Adetunji said that, aside from the Olubadan-in-Council meeting, he did not attend any other meeting under any name, and that, as a result, High Chief Lekan Balogun’s position was wholly his own, and not that of the Olubadan or his council.
He went on to say that if anyone was in doubt, they may contact him for a copy of the meeting’s minutes. The Olubadan made it clear that we have continuously held security meetings and briefed appropriate law enforcement authorities as and when due, from the family complex to the various traditional councils in Ibadanland.
Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadanland has congratulated the Muslim Ummah on this year’s Eid-el Kabir, asking them to follow Prophet Ibrahim’s example of obedience to God’s will and service to humanity.